1. Get budget savvy
Realistically, will the design meet the set budget, or will compromises need to be made?
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2. Consider your view
How can the design best capture the possible orientation of the block to allow optimum natural light and the most aesthetically pleasing outlook?
3. Plan for life
Will each space within the house adequately cater for the way in which the home will be used?
4. Grow with your home
How will the family grow into the house in years to come? For example, will spaces designed to suit a toddler still suit a teenager needing their own zone?
5. Allow for guests
Will the home accommodate visiting guests if needed?
6. Consider a study
Should the home incorporate a designated home office area?
7. Work out living arrangements
Should the house – if double storeyed – incorporate a bedroom downstairs?
8. Get personal
Will the home be a true reflection of its owners’ personal style?
9. Fit it in
Will the living zones adequately accommodate the designated furnishings, whether they be new or existing?
10. Consider the finishes
Will the selected finishes, such as benchtop materials, flooring and joinery, be both practical and beautiful?